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"Elevation of Inspiration"

Empowering Women

with Special Guest Lisa Doromal

Founder & Executive Director of Dress for Success Phoenix

Date of Interview: Wednesday, March 28 @ 10am PST

In 2007, Lisa began to pursue her dream to start a Dress for Success affiliate in the Phoenix area, and in September 2008, Dress for Success Phoenix was granted its affiliation. In 2009 a key partnership was established with Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC), and they graciously donated a 500 square-foot space to the organization to open their first boutique. Lisa wanted to create an upscale boutique in Phoenix to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. In December 2009 Dress for Success Phoenix suited its first client and began impacting the community. They soon recognized the need for a larger space to better accommodate their clients and provide a full scale of services, so in June 2011, again with the generosity of CPLC, Dress for Success Phoenix moved into a 3200 square-foot boutique. Since its inception, Dress for Success Phoenix has served more than 4,000 women in the Valley. In 2015 Dress for Success Phoenix will launch its Mobile Career Center that will help reach hundreds of valley women in outlying areas.

Awards & Regcognition:

“Rookie of the Year Award” given at the Dress for Success Worldwide leadership conference, recognizing Dress for Success Phoenix ability to serve the quantity of women and raise funds in its short tenure. Nominated for the Beth McDonald “Woman of the Year” award. Lisa was selected in the non-profit sector to attend the American Express Leadership Academy with other leaders from around the country. Ruby Award for Women Helping Women from the Soroptimist International of Happy Valley. Nancy Lublin Award - Dress for Success Phoenix was awarded the highest industry award at the annual Dress for Success leadership conference. This award, named after the founder of Dress for Success, recognizes affiliates that have grown significantly and measurably in impacting their community. Re-Entry Service Provider of the Year awarded by the Federal Bureau of Prisons – FCI. Dress for Success Phoenix is an active member of both the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Personal:

Lisa Doromal is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s degree in Clothing Textiles and Fashion Merchandising, with an emphasis in Business Marketing. Lisa began her retail career with JCPenney and was selected for their management training program. Upon completion, Lisa became a Merchandise Manager and was with JC Penney for five years. While there, Lisa also served as the retail lead for the United Way Giving Campaign for two years. In 2004, she relocated with her family to Phoenix, Arizona, where she focused on raising their son. During this time, Lisa was selected to sit on the Laveen Village Planning Commission, where she served for two years. In 2006 they welcomed the arrival of their daughter.

Lisa is married to Michael Doromal and they have two children, Jaren and Sophia.

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